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Mount Allison University

The case for

What was something you knew you had to keep when transitioning from in person to online teaching?

Perhaps it was your weekly quizzes, cheesy jokes, open office hours or the community you were able to foster among your students...

Let's do the transition the other way around. What can we keep from our experiments in online learning?

Auto-graded quizzes and exams? Better accessibility in our classrooms? Private 24/7 grade book? Virtual submission folders that can be graded by you or a TA from anywhere in the world? The possibilities are endless!

The Champions

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Professor Champion

Dr. Susie Andrews

Dr. Susie Andrews is Associate Professor of Buddhism and East Asian religions in Mount Allison University's Department of Religious Studies. A scholar of narrative, her research explores how the telling and retelling of stories matters for individuals and communities. At Mount Allison University, she teaches courses such as "Death and the Afterlife in Asian Religions," "Food Practices and East Asian Religions," and, this 2021-2022 academic year, "Religion and Children." From studying Traditional Chinese Medicine in Henan to producing drone footage of northern Taiwan's sacred landscape, Andrews delights in co-creating opportunities for the individuals in her courses to learn through reflection on doing. Most recently, Andrews and her students launched a collaboration with Sackville Playschool Inc. that seeks to better understand if and how the books we read reflect our community members' multiple, intersecting identities. In 2021, she was honored to receive the Herbert and Leota Tucker Teaching Award, Mount Allison University's highest recognition of teaching excellence. 

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Student Champion

Denise Loar

I was born and raised in Ontario and New Brunswick, Canada, and am a third-year, mature student at Mount Allison University earning a Bachelor of Science in psychology with a minor in religion. I plan to continue my education at graduate school in clinical psychology, pursuing a career working with the 2SLGBTQIA+ community; my goal is to provide mental health resources and support for transgender individuals to achieve their transition goals safely and successfully.

My wife and I have four cats and in my spare time I like to read, paint, and garden.

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IT Champion

Toni Roberts

Toni Roberts has been an educational developer and teacher for over 20 years with degrees in disciplines as varied as chemistry, philosophy, environmental studies and women's studies. Toni teaches primarily sociology but also psychology including courses such as Sociology of Sex and Sexuality, Gender Relations, Digital Sociology and Representations of Social Problems. Toni's research includes the intersection of technology and gender performance and various scholarship of teaching and learning projects. Toni is also a member of R-PEACE, exploring engaged learning and community. As a part time faculty, Toni has won the Social Science Teaching Award and has been nominated for the 3M National Teaching Award. 

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